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The Impact of the 86th Legislative Session

Educate Texas collaborates, educates and informs with great results for Texas students


When it comes to education policy, there are many stakeholders. Texas legislators, public and private universities, community colleges, educators and students are all invested. Working side by side with our partners during the 86th legislative session, we were able to help several critical bills pass that will benefit Texas students. Leading up to the session, Educate Texas worked to convene stakeholders to develop awareness of evidence-based initiatives that boost student outcomes. We also partnered with organizations to host lunch-and-learn sessions for legislators and staff to educate and inform them about critical issues affecting public and higher education during the legislative session...
 

10 Reasons to Consider a Donor-Advised Fund at CFT


Donor-advised funds are the fastest-growing giving method in the nation because they provide ease and flexibility and are more affordable, tax-wise alternatives to managing a private foundation. You can establish a donor-advised fund at CFT with a gift of $10,000 to $100 million or more. Here are our top 10 reasons to consider opening a donor-advised fund at CFT...
 

Let's Get This Giving Party Started!

Join us to make the 10th annual event the best ever


Now the largest online giving event in the nation, North Texas Giving Day has supported and empowered more than 3,800 nonprofits to raise $195 million dollars and move their missions forward. This  online event has been transformative for nonprofits and donors alike, igniting a movement of giving and changing the face of philanthropy with the clarion call  to get up and give!
 

A Letter From Our President

Dave Scullin, President and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas


“Each day, we see firsthand that where giving and caring thrive, communities thrive too."

A Call to Action for Latino Giving

Excerpted from Pepe Guevara’s welcome remarks for the Cause-Minded Conversation on Latino Giving and Philanthropy at Communities Foundation of Texas:


In celebration of Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day, CFT hosted an important community conversation with Latino Leaders and philanthropists on the state of giving in the Latino community.

Leading Through Legacy: CFT's Live Oak Society

Everyone can leave a legacy. What will yours be?


In the past 66 years, hundreds of forward-thinking individuals, couples and families have partnered with CFT to make a commitment to further their passions and better our community beyond their lifetimes. These generous donors have named Communities Foundation of Texas as the beneficiary of a planned or deferred gift through their wills or estate plans and are recognized as part of CFT’s legacy society, the Live Oak Society. Planned gifts to any fund at CFT qualify for Live Oak Society membership and demonstrate the highest level of trust in Communities Foundation of Texas...
 

A Perspective on Healthy Food Access

Heather Lepeska, Manager, City of Dallas


“What’s eating you?” was the opening question posed to the room of healthy food stakeholders.  The answers were as varied as the interests represented by participants, with academics, community organizers, faith-based organizations, funders, institutions, non-profits all gathered to discuss what we can do together to improve healthy food access...

A Perspective on Healthy Food Access

Dr. Kelly Varga, Director of the Mobile Fresh Market Program, University of North Texas at Dallas


Why do social justice initiatives fail? How? Who is to blame? I believe the answer lies in the root challenge of authentic community engagement; without community buy in, there simply is no success...

A Perspective on Healthy Food Access

Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew, Director of State Fair of Texas


One of my favorite quotes is “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”   When we examine movements throughout history that made a positive impact, they also started with a group coming together knowing that something good was possible...